Nico Perrino

About Nico Perrino

Nico graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history. While at IU, he was a member of the track & field team and served as editor-in-chief for the Indiana Standard and as a reporter and columnist for the Indiana Daily Student. Nico’s on-campus activism in defense of student and faculty rights led to induction into FIRE’s Prometheus Society. He was also a winner of 1 for All and the Knight Foundation‘s 2011 “Free to Tweet” contest.

Nico first joined FIRE in 2012 as a Program Associate and Assistant to the President, later serving as a Communications Coordinator. In 2014, Nico went to work for the Institute for Justice, before returning to FIRE in 2015 to manage its communications team.

Originally from the Chicagoland area, Nico lives and works in New York City. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, studying history, and pretending he is Jimmy Buffett. Nico is the host of FIRE’s So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast.


  • Emory University’s resolution agreement with law professor threatens academic freedom, September 20, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: ‘True threats’ with David L. Hudson Jr., September 20, 2018

  • Available Today: ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’ by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, September 4, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’, September 4, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: ‘Robotica: Speech Rights & Artificial Intelligence’, August 9, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: How censorship crosses borders with Jacob Mchangama, July 26, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: Free speech at the U.S. Supreme Court, July 11, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: Most memorable FIRE cases, June 28, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: ‘HATE’ with Nadine Strossen, June 14, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: ‘Speak Freely’ with professor Keith Whittington, May 31, 2018

  • Articles

  • USA Today, October 18, 2017, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is right to stand up to ‘vigilante censors’ and fight for free speech

  • Politico, August 19, 2017, Why Even Nazis Deserve Free Speech

  • The Guardian, October 22, 2013, Universities: where you go to learn – and be monitored

  • Forbes Online, September 13, 2013, How One College Student Fought His School’s ‘Free Speech Zone’ – And Won